Paik Nam June Media bridge’ by Seoul-basedarchitectural practice planning korea is a mega-structure over the Han river that aims to efficiently expand the city fabric on to the water. With a total length of 1080 meters, the bridge connects the Dangi-li power plant, which is currently being redeveloped into a public cultural space, and the national assembly building to the south. the design proposal is a largely sculpted form with fluctuating curves and volumes.
In comparison to the Thames river in London and the Seine in France, the Han river is a much larger stretch of water that runs through the center of seoul. Currently, there are close to 30 bridges running over the river but a majority of the steel and concrete structures only accommodate for cars and city traffic. ‘Paik Nam June Media bridge’ aims to accommodate for the walking and cycling portion of the population. In addition, the structure will host a number of public facilities such as a museum, library, and an IT complex mall. The bridge will also connect the people down to the water by featuring a series of docks for water taxis, yachts and cruise ships.
To generate a large portion of the energy used for internal programs, the bridge is clad in solar panels. Seoul-based architectural practice planning korea is a mega-structure over the Han river that aims to efficiently expand the city fabric on to the water. Each floor of the structure introduces a horizontal garden that uses water from the river below, collected rain water and natural sunlight and ventilation
Seoul’s latest urban redesign project is a high-profile new city landmark – and a new entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. In May 2009 the Rainbow Bridge Fountain, the world`s longest such fountain, opened on the Banpo crossing of the Han River in central Seoul.
The fountain runs along both sides of the 570 meter-long bridge for a total length of 1,140 meters. With the nozzles pointing out and slightly downwards, the effect is of a waterfall coming off both sides of the bridge. But the water jets can also “dance” in time to lighting from under the bridge, creating undulating patterns of water and light. The effect is especially dramatic when seen at night from the south bank of the Han River Park, with the lights of downtown Seoul and N Seoul Tower in the background. The bridge itself is a double-decker, with a lower deck view something like being inside a waterfall.
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